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How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966 TV Movie) / Horton Hears A Who (1970 TV Movie) Soundtrack

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From Rhino Records come the marvelous soundtracks to two televised adaptations of Dr. Seuss's modern classics The Grinch That Stole Christmas! and Horton Hears a Who! Originally recorded in 1966, The Grinch is the barometer by which all television Christmas specials are measured. In the hands of lyricist Seuss and composers Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany, the soundtrack mixes traditional Yuletide sounds with square-dancing music and sophisticated sound effects. Boris Karloff shines as the storyteller and the voice of the Grinch, a gloriously Seussified Scrooge. And Thurl Ravenscroft, also known as the voice of Tony the Tiger, sings "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" with glee. The second and lesser known of the two tales chronicles the interactions of a big-eared elephant, Horton, and the misunderstood, somewhat-mad professor Dr. Hoovey. Narrated in the familiar and engaging meter of Seuss's finest rhyming prose, these lively tales will secure an entirely new audience with their fine scores. --Paige La Grone


1. Opening
2. Trim Up The Tree
3. Tomorrow Is Christmas, Its Practically Here
4. Welcome Christmas
5. I Must Stop Christmas
6. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch - Thurl Ravenscroft
7. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch (Reprise) - Thurl Ravenscroft
8. A Quarter Of Dawn
9. Welcome Christmas
10. Finale
11. Opening
12. Trim Up The Tree
13. Welcome Christmas
14. You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch
15. Opening
16. Mrs. Toucanella Told Me
17. Old Doc Hoovey
18. Wickersham Brothers Song
19. Who-Ville Aloft
20. Doctor Hoovey, You Were Right
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 5, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: October 19, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Rhino
  • ASIN: B00000K5BF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #268,523 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pope on December 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Let me start off by saying that I love the Grinch - it's simply not Christmas without him. But this soundtrack of the classic TV special is not what I had expected it to be. All the dialogue and songs are here exactly as heard on the TV program, but really if we wanted to hear the exact TV special, we could just as well pop in the tape or the DVD. Boris Karloff's dialog and Grinch are divine - no gripes here. When you're listening to the songs as interspersed throught the dialog as originally intended that's OK too. I like the idea of reprising the songs complete with no dialoge, except during "You're A Mean One Mr. Grinch" there are some large gaps in the song where dialogue exists. The songs in tracks 11-14 could stand better editing for better continutity.

What blows my mind though is that Turner (which now controls the film) has stooped so low as to package this delightful soundtrack in such moronic packaging as this. How cheap! I can honestly say that this is the poorest excuse for a CD case I have ever seen in a Turner/Warner product. The Grinch deserves better than this.

The Jim Carey movie notwithstanding, there are 2 soundtrack versions of the 1966 TV special: this one from Turner and the other version with the white cover from (I think) MCA. The other version is not taken directly from the soundtrack as this one IS, but is more of a studio recording. While you can't surpass the performances as seen on TV, I do prefer the MCA version of the album. The performances by Boris Karloff (on both albums) are essentially identical, and the Grinch's lines on the MCA disc are taken directly from the soundtrack. Thurl Ravenscroft's singing of "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" is only slightly different between the two albums, but on the MCA disc is done with better continuity (and more clarity) and that is the rendition of the song you usually hear on the radio at Christmas time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 15, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I like the 1966 "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" very much. It is much better than the 2000 movie that I was greatly dissapointed by. The musical score of the 1966 TV movie excelent. The quality of the score is brough up and emphasized from behind the narration of Boris Karloff. And though I was a little dissapointed that the dialogue wasn't filtered out so the score was only heard, I still give it five stars. I have never seen "Hotron Hears A Who", so I wasn't that impressed by the soundtrack to that. For this holiday season, buy the 1966 soundtrack to "How the Grinch Stole Christmas", not the 2000 soundtrack.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G. Parks on November 30, 2010
Format: MP3 Music Verified Purchase
One of the tensest -- and most memorable -- moments in all of "Horton" comes shortly after Horton has been "roped and caged", and they're about to submerge Horton's clover -- dustspeck and all -- into "a hot steaming kettle of beezlenut oil" --

"Boil that dustspeck! Boil that dustspeck! Boil that dustspeck!
Boil! Boil! Boil! Boil!
Beezlenut! (Rah! Rah!) Beezlenut! (Rah! Rah!)
Beezlenut! (Rah! Rah! Rah! Rah!) Beezlenut OIL!"

On the SAMPLE CLIP, you can JUST catch the start of this memorable chant -- but they quickly fade it out. HOWEVER, the WHOLE THING -- chant and all! -- is indeed included on the CD itself.

On that basis ALONE, I've felt it worth awarding this CD a full five stars (that, plus the fact that "Horton" is in stereo. Strange that "Grinch" is NOT, though -- "Grinch" is mono only.)

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N.B.: This review has been EDITED to be the complete REVERSE of my ERRONEOUS earlier, first impression -- SILLY ME! I had quite overlooked that what I was listening to was a Sample Clip, and not the CD track itself! I offer sincere and heartfelt apologies to anyone who relied on my earlier review based on that piece of pure idiocy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Johnny 1955-2055 on October 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Whats Christmas without the Grinch??? This is the soundtrack from the original TV show (not the Jim Carey version) and its excellent. You have the original songs and dialogue from the show and being a purist this was right up my alley. If you love the Grinch, and who doesn't, then its well worth the money and worth having it so you can listen to it in July!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Grant on December 4, 2013
Format: MP3 Music
I ordered the Grinch song instead I get this clip of the movie, what a rip, the 30 sec demo is the start of the song, then instead of finishing the song it goes right into the movie after the first stanza, WTF!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brent Hilton on July 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
i remember watching the grinch, every christmas season & loving the plot& the inside jokes , but most of all i loved the music. last christmas i purchased this disc & was'nt at all disappointed. not only does it included the grinch & horton hears a who, but delightful sinly bonus tracks plus liner notes with chuck jones that drew the grinch. weather christmas is coming or not it's a great disc to listen to, happy days to all. highly recommended!
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By rosegarden 7 on February 16, 2014
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I have a rather large collection of Christmas CD's, I finally added the grinch. I actually haven't opened it but can listen to the CD online through amazon prime. Didn't know that until after. Very happy indeed.
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By Bob Johnson on December 28, 2013
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A classic.The Grinch is great...
They don't make m like that anymore.
I'm glad it's still available.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
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